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Archives from August 2013
The Banality of Empire
JASON HIRTHLER
You have to ask: does Syrian President Bashar al-Assad have a death wish, launching a chemical attack within miles of a U.N. chemical inspection team? He must. Like those cloistered mullahs in Qom, whom Zionist sage Benjamin Netanyahu claims would fire a nuclear warhead a...
Is the Big Money Exiting Housing?
MIKE WHITNEY
According to a report by Goldman Sachs, approximately 57 percent of the homes that were purchased in the first quarter of 2013 were all-cash deals. In 2005, the peak of the bubble, all cash buyers represented a mere 19 percent of all transactions. The amount of investor c...
Kosovo: Where NATO Bombing Only Made the Killing Worse
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR and ALEXANDER COCKBURN
So, was there serious evidence of a Serbian campaign of Genocide in Kosovo? It’s an important issue, since the NATO powers, fortified by a chorus from the liberal intelligentsia, flourished the charge of genocide as justification for bombing that destroyed much of Serbi...
John Kerry’s Tender Sensibilities
KEVIN CARSON
In response to Bashir Assad’s crossing of a “red line” by allegedly using chemical weapons against his own people, Secretary of State John Kerry cites his own fatherly feelings as justification for the all-but-inevitable looming US military intervention in Syria. ...
US Lacks Moral Standing to Condemn Syria
SHELDON RICHMAN
Whether or not Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad used chemical weapons, President Obama has no legitimate grounds to intervene. U.S. airstrikes, intended to punish and deter Assad and degrade his military but not overthrow his regime, would deepen the U.S. investme...
A View From Tehran
FRANKLIN LAMB
Tehran Truth told, it’s a bit intense these days in Tehran as in most other countries in this region, and this observer fairly soon may be on what just might be the last Tehran-Damascus flight for some time in light of what could occur in the coming days...
An Interview With Leslie Cockburn
ROBERT ASAHINA
Robert Asahina: You’ve had a long and distinguished career as a journalist, TV news producer, nonfiction author, documentary filmmaker, and feature movie producer. What made you decide to write a novel? Leslie Cockburn: I had wanted to write ...
Marching Toward Syria and Beyond
BEN SCHREINER
With Syria firmly in the cross hairs, Washington’s war cries are nearing a crescendo. Playing the tried and true chemical weapons card—played ...
Lebanon, Car Bombs and a New Era of Violence
RANNIE AMIRI
Car bombs have always been the preferred method of political assassination in Lebanon. The most recent was the October 2012 killing of intelligence chief Wisam al-Hasan, a harsh reminder that covert funding of Syria’s militant groups by government officials would not go...
Autoworkers Under the Gun
ANDY PIASCIK
The sit-down strike by General Motors workers in the winter of 1936-37 was one of the galvanizing events in U.S. labor history. Similarly, the efforts of the primarily African-American autoworkers of the Dodge Revolutionary Union Movement and the other RUM’s sparked...
The War Train to Syria
PAUL STREET
A United States military attack on Syria appears to be imminent. Imperial U.S. and British warships are in position in the blue waters of the Mediterranean, loaded for “surgical” acts of war against the Bashar al-Assad regime. The junior British and French partners ar...
What’s Really Fueling the Western Fires
GEORGE WUERTHNER
One of the often repeated remarks used to explain the large fires we are experiencing around the West is that a hundred years of fire suppression has led to unnatural accumulations of fuels. Yet such assertions assume that fire suppression was always efficient and ...
Dispatch From Seoul
GREGORY ELICH
Seoul, South Korea. Sixty years have passed since the end of the Korean War, and still the sides remain technically at war. The armistice that ended hostilities was meant to be a temporary measure leading to the signing of a peace treaty. Within three mont...
Obama’s Road to Damascus
RAOUF J. HALABY
On Sunday, August 25, 2013, First Baptist Church, Arkadelphia, Arkansas preacher Lee McGlone delivered his morning sermon under the title “The Reluctant Witness” and used the text from the Book of Acts, Chapter 9, verses 10-22, as the centerpiece around which ...
As the World Turns
Dr. JANETTE SHERMAN
- No not that one, the soap opera that ran from 1956 to 2010, but our world that turns.  As we look at a weather map on TV or in our paper, we see clouds, rain, snow, and storms coming from west to east.  What is in the air above the earth precipitat...
Why Syria?
Dr. STANLY JOHNY
History repeats itself. Not as a farce; but as tragedy. Those who witnessed the White House-led propaganda against Iraq in the run-up to the 2003 American war on that country cannot miss the startling similarities between those days and the past few ones. Replace Iraq wit...
Obama is Playing With Fire in Syria
IBRAHIM KAZEROONI and ROB PRINCE
“Now we sit and wait while the Washington regime makes its next lethal move. Let us lift our voices in unison to prevent it. “ “Before another rush to judgment and “punishment” based on a presumption of guilt, as in Iraq, this time, let ...
What Contingent Faculty Can Learn From Fast-Food Workers
BRIAN HAMAN
It has become a truism in American higher education: seventy-five percent of undergraduate courses at U.S. colleges and universities are taught by contingent faculty1, most of whom lack health insurance,...
North Carolina “Moral Mondays”
JACK RASMUS
On Wednesday, August 28, 2013, the 50th anniversary celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1963 March on Washington, commemorative speeches spilled out over the DC mall. From President Obama and other carefully selected political ‘notables’, speakers...
Climate Change and Social Change
ROGER ANNIS
August 27, 2013–As the toxic oil from the July 6 oil train disaster in Lac Mégantic, Quebec seeps deeper into the town center’s soil and disperses into waterways, and as town residents slowly reestablish their shattered lives, the corporate interests that caused ...
Canada Ties Itself to Washington
YVES ENGLER
Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird’s recent mission to Latin America cannot mask Canada’s unprecedented diplomatic isolation in the hemisphere. Despite shifting ‘aid’ to the region and claiming to have made Latin America a priority, Ottawa is increasingly offside...
Unilaterally Striking Syria
BINOY KAMPMARK
It is happening, again. The grotesque similarities are haunting. Before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, the United States, along with its faithful, evangelically led air craft carrier in the form of Britain, decided to treat the United Nations as a body of opinion rather th...
Obama’s Impeachment Trap
KEVIN ZEESE
The irony of the Obama presidency may hinge on whether he attacks Syria.  He began his presidency prematurely winning the Nobel Peace Prize and could end it being impeached for starting an illegal war without congressional or UN approval – violating both domestic and i...
A Terribly Human Challenge
JULIE WARK
In 1 October 1965, following an alleged “attempted Communist coup”, a group of Indonesian army leaders embarked on one of the worst crimes in human history – the organised massacre of probably more than a million people (nobody counted), mainly members of the Commun...
A Remembrance for Labor Day
DAVID MACARAY
Because of our fascination with glamour and money, mundane events that happen in Hollywood seem way more exciting than mundane events that happen elsewhere. This goes for everything from Hollywood courtships, to Hollywood marriages and divorces, to Hollywood babies, to Ho...